ACCMBB in NCAA Second Round: Virginia Closes Door on Feisty Butler


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP & VirginiaSports.com) -  Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 points and Virginia used some hot second-half shooting to beat Butler 77-69 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Anthony Gill added 17 points and Marial Shayok finished with 12 for the top-seeded Cavaliers (28-7).

Virginia shot 73 percent after halftime, hitting 14 of its first 16 shots of the second half, and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. It will face Iowa State (23-11) on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Chicago.

Andrew Chrabascz scored a season-high 25 points for ninth-seeded Butler (22-11). Roosevelt Jones pulled the Bulldogs within 72-69 by hitting the first of two free throws with 36.2 seconds left.

He missed the second, Shayok pushed Virginia's lead back out to four with a free throw with 28.3 seconds left and Kellen Dunham's 3-pointer with 12 seconds to go bounced off the iron.

Jones finished with 18 points, but Dunham, the Bulldogs' leading scorer at 16.5 points, was held to eight - his lowest-scoring game since he also had that many in a loss to Providence on Dec. 31.

Mike Tobey added 10 points for the Cavaliers, who took over a tight game and seemed to hit everything in the second half. They repeatedly found ways to get the ball into the paint and convert during a 28-12 burst midway through the half that gave them the lead for good.

Shayok started the run with six straight points, and Virginia hit seven layups or dunks before Gill came through with the shot of the night with just under 6 minutes to play.

He hit a falling-down jumper in the lane through contact from Chrabascz, and then knocked down the free throw that followed to give the Cavaliers their largest lead at 64-55.

That offensive surge stood as a stark contrast to a first half that bore several signs of trouble for the Cavaliers, who trailed 25-23 at the break.

It was their lowest-scoring opening half since they were held to 21 points in the first 20 minutes of a loss at Virginia Tech on Jan. 4, and their first halftime deficit since a loss at Miami on Feb. 22.

TIP-INS

Butler: Chrabascz didn't score in the final 13 1/2 minutes. ... The Bulldogs were trying to knock off a No. 1 seed for the third time since 2010. ... They fell to 21-4 when leading at halftime.

Virginia: The Cavaliers' senior class earned its 111th career victory and with a win in the Sweet 16 will match the school record set in 1983.

UP NEXT

Virginia faces Iowa State in a regional semifinal.

NCAA Tournament Notes
• With the win, Virginia earned its ninth trip to the Sweet 16 and second under Tony Bennett (2014)
• Virginia is 27-19 all-time in 20 NCAA Tournament appearances
• Tony Bennett is 8-5 career in five trips to the NCAA Tournament (2008 at Washington State, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 at Virginia)
• Virginia had five players score in double figures in a tournament game for the first time since Memphis on March 23, 2014; it was just the second time this season that UVA put five in double figures (Long Beach State)
• With 54 points in the second half, UVA scored its most points in a half in a tournament game since recording 65 against Nicholls State on March 16, 1995. It was UVA’s highest scoring half of the season (53 in second half vs. Villanova)
• UVA shot 73.1 percent in the second half, the second-best FG percentage in a half in program tournament history (73.3 percent, 11-of-15, in second half against NC State on March 26, 1983)
 
Team Notes
• Virginia has recorded 88 wins over the last three seasons, matching a program record (88, 1981-83)
• UVA’s senior class scored its 111th victory – one shy of the school record, set by the 1983 squad
• UVA is 79-4 when scoring at least 70 points under Tony Bennett
• Virginia is 5-4 this year when trailing at the half
• UVA hit 12 of its first 13 field-goal attempts in the second half
• UVA shot 73.1 percent in the second half, its second-best shooting performance in a half this season (73.7 in second half versus West Virginia)
• Virginia’s 23-point first-half output was its third fewest points in a half this season (20 vs. Cal, 21 at Virginia Tech – both in first half)
• UVA committed five turnovers in the first 12:11 (leading to six points), matching the Cavaliers’ total from the entire game against Hampton.
• Butler’s Andrew Chrabascz scored 24 points before Malcolm Brogdon switched defensive assignments; he scored one point after that
• 32 of Virginia’s second-half points came in the paint
 
Player Notes
• With 22 points, Malcolm Brogdon moved into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time UVA scoring ledger with 1,785 points
• Brogdon recorded his 18th 20-point games this season, the most such games at UVA since Norman Nolan collected 18 in 1997-98
• Anthony Gill moved into 36th place on the all-time UVA scoring list with his 19-point performance. He passed Joe Noertker (1947-50, 1,177 points)
• Gill has scored 19 points in each of UVA’s 2016 tournament games
• Marial Shayok scored 12 points, his most points since a career-high 17 against Long Beach State on Nov. 20
• Shayok reached double figures for the seventh time this season and the third time in the last four games.